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Shaw Festival 2006 Season released.
  steve  2005-09-30 13:56   As per Media Release Shaw Festival Announces 2006 Season Media Release #22 from Shaw Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, September 27, 2005 . . . Shaw Festival Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell today announced the 2006 season. Contemporary work, a world premiere and fresh adaptations share the Festival’s three stages with classics from The Shaw’s mandate.

Connect to Shaw 2006 for tickets and the schedule or read on for an overview of the season.

In making the season announcement, Ms. Maxwell noted: “There is so much to celebrate in the 2006 playbill. It represents for me what the Shaw Festival is really about: exploring the many worlds of our mandate, taking full advantage of the diverse talents and imaginations of our brilliant Ensemble, commissioning new plays and adaptations, and celebrating the wit and wisdom of Bernard Shaw, whose irreverent spirit is at the heart of all we do.”

The 2006 playbill includes ten productions, which will run from March 30 to November 19 in the Shaw Festival’s three Niagara-on-the-Lake theatres: the Festival Theatre, the Court House Theatre and the Royal George Theatre. Two plays by the Festival’s namesake are reexamined this season. Jackie Maxwell will direct Shaw’s comic skewering of heroism and “higher love” Arms and The Man, while Jim Mezon explores the extravagant Too True To Be Good.

As well as Arms and The Man, the Festival Theatre season includes High Society, the musical adaptation of The Philadelphia Story, featuring the memorable tunes of Cole Porter and directed by Kelly Robinson, and Arthur Miller’s stunning drama The Crucible, directed by Poland’s Tadeusz Bradecki.

Joining Too True To Be Good on the Court House stage, the world of Eva Peron’s Argentina is explored with the contemporary play The Magic Fire, written by American Lillian Groag and directed by Jackie Maxwell. Associate Director Neil Munro will direct his own refreshingly modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm. Also at the Court House, Toronto writer Morwyn Brebner adapts two of Chekhov’s romantic farces, The Bear and The Proposal, with Love Among the Russians, a lunchtime delight to be directed by Eda Holmes.

Ruth and Augustus Goetz’s poignant and mysterious love story The Heiress, adapted from the famous Henry James novella Washington Square and directed by Joseph Ziegler, will share the Royal George stage with Michael O’Brien’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ scientific adventure The Invisible Man, a world premiere commissioned by the Festival and directed by Neil Munro. Morris Panych returns to The Shaw to direct Noël Coward’s provocative love triangle in Design for Living.

New this season are three special weekends exploring chosen features of the programming. Shaw, his world and his politics will be examined in a sesquicentennial weekend celebration. Henrik Ibsen’s plays, poetry and world share the focus on the centenary of his death. A weekend of Argentinian culture, from tango to Jorge Luis Borges, sheds light on The Magic Fire. Each weekend will feature speakers and meals, as well as a performance, a coffee concert, and a reading. Each weekend’s events will be available as a package or individually.

Regular ticket prices for the 2006 season range from $45 to $86 including GST. For Special Matinees, student tickets are $22 and senior tickets are $35. Lunchtime ticket prices are $25. Sunday night performances are available all season for $45 and, for patrons under 30, $30 tickets are available for most performances. Preview prices are $45 - $57.

Tickets for the 2006 season go on sale to Shaw Festival Members on November 16 by mail, fax, or online; on November 26 by phone or in person. Tickets go on sale to groups on January 3. For the general public tickets go on sale January 9 by mail, fax or online and on January 14 by phone or in person.

The 2006 Season is proudly presented by HSBC Bank Canada/HSBC Bank USA, and generously supported by Court House Season Partner Acura.